Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, on Saturday, mourned the late founder of Oodua Progressive Congress, Dr. Fredrick Fashehun, describing him as a “true pan-Africanist, a fearless nationalist and a committed Yoruba patriot.”
Ooni said Fasehun, in his struggle for Oodua self-determination, dedicated the last 26 years of his life, struggling for the survival of the Yoruba race within a sovereign state of Nigeria.
The monarch, in a condolence message signed by Comrade Moses Olafare, Director, Media & Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, on Saturday, said he received news of the passage of Fasehun with shock and commiserated with the government of Ondo state, Yoruba and Nigeria as a whole.
The statement reads, “the Arole Oduduwa while performing his official functions as the Chancellor here at the ongoing 48th convocation ceremony of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Enugu state, this morning received the news of the death of an elder statesman and the leader of OPC, Dr Frederick Fasehun as a rude shock.
“Baba Ooni sees Dr Fasehun, a true Pan Africanist, a fearless Nigeria nationalist and committed Yoruba patriot, who in his belief in Oodua self-determination, spent the last 26 years of life struggling for the survival of the Yoruba people within the autonomy of Nigeria.
“It is a pity we have lost such a wonderful descendant of Oduduwa, who always defended and promoted the interests, integrity and the cultural values of the African People, Yoruba race in particular.
“The Royal Court of Ife will never forget Dr Fasehun for his incorruptible loyalty to the sacred throne of Oduduwa.
“The good people of Ile-Ife which is the ancestral home of the Yorubas will miss him for the love and respect he ceaselessly showed to us.
“Yoruba people all over the world will miss him for his committed struggle for the socio-political/economic survival of the race and Nigerians will miss him for his fights for fairness and justice as a Nigerian human right activist.”